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Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

Homeowners’ Guide In Pool Maintenance After The Rain

According to many Myrtle Beach pool maintenance experts, there are certain things that a homeowner should do to their swimming pools after it rains. This is especially true for continuous heavy rains. Keep in mind that the rain can affect your swimming pool in a number of ways. And you as the pool owner should make sure these will not cause costly and severe damage to your swimming pool. Primarily, the rain can affect the pH balance of your swimming pool simply because rain can be acidic. Also, the added rain can increase your pool water level, diluting it and, thus, altering its chemical balance. Aside from this, the dirt and debris running off from your lawn or garden could end up in your swimming pool during the rain. Thus, among the many things that you need to do after it rains is clean your swimming pool and check its water chemistry. Cleaning your swimming pool This should be the first thing on your pool maintenance checklist after the rain has passed. You will need to remove all dirt and debris including fallen leaves and branches from your swimming pool. Note that these can be blown from other places to your swimming pool by the strong winds that accompanied the rain. Some of these dirt and debris may have also come from your lawn or yard. The most effective and easiest way to clean your swimming pool after the rain is to skim it first. This will allow you to remove fallen leaves and other debris floating on your swimming pool. When you have removed all floating debris, you can...
Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Kids And Pool Maintenance: Yes, They Can!

Pool maintenance should not be the sole responsibility of the adults. Kids can also help take care of your swimming pool. In fact, experts highly recommend teaching your kids the basics of pool care and maintenance so they learn how to be responsible pool owners at an early age. After all, no one loves and uses swimming pools more than kids. Here are some helpful things that you can teach your kids about proper pool maintenance and care. Simple and easy cleaning techniques These may include skimming the surface of the water using a pool net. Show them how to use the net to remove leaves and other debris on the surface of the pool water. Make sure, however, that they are big enough to hold the pool net without dropping it on the pool or hurting themselves. Running the vacuum along the sides of the swimming pool is also an easy cleaning task that you can assign to your kids. And for younger ones, you can have them removing any dirt that they can see and reach in the swimming pool. For those that they cannot reach, they should inform you or any adult in the area and have them remove the dirt instead. Being responsible in cleaning the swimming pool When you fist teach a kid how to clean the swimming pool, you need to be by their side as they do the task. On the other hand, once they get the hang of it, you should move on to teaching them how to be responsible when it comes to cleaning the swimming pool. For this, you...
Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

Easy Swimming Pool Maintenance

With all of the rain and heat we have had lately, you will want to keep a close eye on your pool.  Because of the pollutants that are in the rain, you will want to test your swimming pool water to ensure that the pool is safe for your family and friends.  You will also want to closely monitor the water level of your pool. If you have a cover for your pool you can avoid some of these conditions, however, most Myrtle Beach home owners don’t bother with a cover once their swimming pool has been opened for the season. A poorly maintained swimming pool can become the home of disease and germs.  If care is not taken, your pool will become unsafe for swimming and can be the cause of infections. Easy Steps For Swimming Pool Maintenance   Water testing – this is the most important step for your swimming pool safety. Elko Pools will be happy to test your swimming pool water and let you know the chemical components of your water and what needs to be changed.  The primary area to check is the pH level and alkalinity of your water.  As a rule of thumb, pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6.  Alkalinity should be around 180ppm.  If all of this is Greek to you, then you will want to bring your pool water to Elko for testing. Sanitize – after your water is properly balanced, you will want to add chlorine, unless you have salt water chlorination. You want a level that is high enough to keep algae growth and bacteria under control. ...
Avoid Pool Problems In Hot Weather

Avoid Pool Problems In Hot Weather

Wow! What a heat wave we are having! The summer season has continued it’s greater than usual temperature levels. This hot weather can develop problems for swimming pools, especially if a regular pool maintenance program is not followed. We care for a number of pools on a weekly basis both residential and commercial and we feel that we can provide sage guidance on how to keep your pool looking excellent in this hot weather. Our experience tells us that there are two crucial aspects of successful heat pool care– water chemistry at the correct level and correctly running equipment. Following are some tips from the front lines (the pool cleaning crew): Appropriate water chemistry When the weather is hot like it presently is, water chemistry is important. As a suggestion, here are a few guidelines: Test weekly throughout this heat chlorine– 2.0 to 4.0 ppm pH– 7.2 to 7.6 cyanuric acid– 30 to 90ppm on chlorine swimming pools 70 to 90ppm on salt swimming pools salt level in a salt pool– 2700 to 3500 ppm Test on a monthly basis alkalinity levels — 80 to 100 for salt pools, calcium hypochlorite, and liquid chlorine pools 100 to 120 for dichlor and trichlor pools calcium firmness– 200 to 400 ppm A couple of tips concerning water chemistry from the cutting edge: Evaluate your water a minimum of once each week. We suggest checking the chlorine, pH, and cyanuric acid on a weekly basis. If you have a salt system, it is also a smart idea to test the salt regularly. You can use your test set. We have staff members...
How Pool Chemicals Fine Tune Your Swimming Pool

How Pool Chemicals Fine Tune Your Swimming Pool

Pool chemicals play a critical role in your swimming pool maintenance. The chemicals work with the pool’s filter system which works to distribute and circulate the chemicals throughout the swimming pool. It is important and extremely useful if you have the right chemicals on hand as well as the necessary tools that you can use to measure their level in the pool water. Why do you need to keep pool chemicals in the right balance Aside from the general and obvious reasons for keeping the pool water clean and sanitized, here are other more specific reasons on why it is extremely important that you know how to manage your pool’s chemical balance. To treat the pool water and drive away dangerous bacteria and other disease-carrying microorganisms. These may already be present in the water that you use to fill your pool or they may come from the skin of the people who use the pool. Where ever they come from, don’t make it easy for them to thrive and develop in your pool water by leaving it untreated or chemically unbalanced. To protect other parts and aspect of your swimming pool. Untreated or chemically unbalanced pool water may damage other parts of your swimming pool. Too much chlorine may cause problems to your filter and other equipment that you use for your swimming pool. To prevent skin and eye irritation. A chemically unbalanced swimming pool may irritate the skin and eyes of those who will use the swimming pool especially for long periods of time. Managing Pool Chemicals The primary and most important role of these chemicals is to...
What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

What You Need To Know About Your Myrtle Beach Pool Water

When it comes to swimming in your Myrtle Beach pool water, it is imperative to understand that your tap water does not equal your pool water! There’s much that has to be done to treat your swimming pool water in order to make it safe and healthy for you and your family. Some of the tests needed will be to check for alkalinity levels, as well as the calcium hardness. It is necessary to sequester the various minerals and metals in the water and something known as a stabilizer will need to be added to the water to ensure that the chlorine stays in and does its job. Finally, the pH balance in the water has to be checked frequently to determine how much chlorine is needed. Treating New Water In Your Myrtle Beach Pool One thing that is often forgotten is that you must treat any new pool water that gets added. This means if the pool overflows, gets a lot of rainwater or if the water level gets low and more new water is added. All new water has to be treated! Failing to do this will result in the plaster being damaged or stained, equipment being damaged and also it can cause algae to grow and the water to be unsafe. Any time you have 10-12 inches of water added or replaced, new treatment should be done. Pets In Pools A few things about dogs in pools. First of all, yes it is ok to let your pet swim in the pool. You should understand, however, that you’ll need to pay more attention to cleaning out the...